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Houma, Louisiana

Houma is a city in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Houma is the parish seat, and its largest city, with a population of just under 32,400. Houma was founded in 1834 and officially incorporated in 1848. It was later reincorporated in 1898. Like many Louisiana cities, Houma established itself with agriculture, seafood, lumber and fur trading. In the 20th century, the oil and gas, shipbuilding and metal fabricating industries have become more dominant. Other types of manufacturing as well as retail and service businesses round out the city’s economic mix. Houma's top employers include Pride Offshore, Inc., Gulf Island Fabrication, and Leonard Chabert Medical Center.

Houma's early days were dominated by the plantations and farms surrounding the city's commercial center. Southdown Plantation was established in 1828, growing first indigo and then sugar cane. The Southdown sugar mill was built in 1846, and operated until 1979. By the late 19th century, local seafood such as shrimp and oysters had also become an important commodity. During World War II, Houma became the home base of Blimp Squadron 22, which provided aerial surveillance of the Gulf Coast waters. Four airships were destroyed in 1944, one in a wind storm and three by fire, and the squadron was decommissioned that same year. The massive wooden hangar, built by W. Horace Williams Company, was demolished in 1947. After the war, shipbuilding, particularly of tug and towboats, flourished in Houma. Several small shipyards, including Main Iron Works, Quality Shipyards, and Candies Shipbuilders (founded in the 1960s as Houma Marine Welders), are still active today. Oil was discovered in Houma and Terrebonne Parish in 1929, creating additional growth in Houma, although the oil industry has declined somewhat since the 1980s.

Houma's history of heavy industry and construction makes asbestos exposure, and the risk of mesothelioma, an ongoing concern. We provide information about mesothelioma treatment options in and around Houma at the bottom of this page. Additionally, mesothelioma attorneys may be able to give guidance if you were exposed to asbestos in Houma and then diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Houma

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Houma where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Bourg Drydock
  • City of Houma
  • Coburn Supply Company
  • Dixie Shipyards
  • Estate of H.C. Minor.
  • Horace Williams Company
  • Main Iron Works
  • Progressive Shipbuilding
  • Quality Shipyard
  • Rayco Shipbuilders
  • Southdown Plantation
  • Southdown Sugar Inc
  • Superior Oil Company
  • The South Coast Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Houma, Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Houma, Louisiana. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 44.2 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Houma, Louisiana

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Houma, Louisiana. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Brian L. Pettiford
Ochsner Cancer Institute
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Distance: 44.2 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Houma, Louisiana

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Louisiana, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Louisiana

Avondale Shipyard Being Sued By Former Employee For Asbestos-Related Disease

Former employee of ten years at Avondale Shipyard is suing the company for damages from asbestos exposure, which has led to silicosis disease.

Toxicology Asbestos Analysis Laboratory Opens At University of Louisiana

A new asbestos teaching facility, research lab, and community resource opened as ULM's newest multi-use building in Monroe's Toxicology Department.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 20, 2017
Emily Walsh

The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

“Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.”